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Hike Through Rock Creek Park

Washington, District of Columbia

3.3/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

9 miles

Elevation Gain

450 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

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This dirt trail is 9-miles out-and-back, but you can choose to turn around at whatever point you prefer. It makes for a great urban hike or run. Along the route, enjoy great views of the Potomac river.

This is primarily a dirt trail, which is pretty rare and fantastic for hiking and trail-running. Depending on where you exactly start, it's roughly 4.5 miles, so it's a pretty moderate hike/ run or almost 10miles if you do the out and back. There are also a ton of other paths, so you can easily add on extra miles if you want to or get on the Valley Trail if you want to make it a super loop.

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Features

Fitness
Chillin
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
River
Scenic

Reviews

This could be a great park if people took better care of their trash. Beware doing this to early in the day and don’t walk here at night.

This was my first experience hiking/running through a trail like this. Very refreshing and full of adventure. I️ definitely recommend wearing proper shoes for this, it can get slippery with the rocks and wet leaves. Overall had a great time.

I run or bike here every other week and have always loved this trail. It feels like you're out in the sticks despite being in the heart of the city. It's a safe neighborhood but some woman disappeared a few years back when she was running through the park...don't let it deter you...DC can be dangerous anywhere. It's a pretty place and an easy running/biking spot to hit after work on some idle Tuesday.

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